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8 Days Spain & France Hike

Guided walk of 70km from Cadaques to Argeles

mediterranean style
itinerary

  • Discover the unspoilt Mediterranean with the Pyrenees as a backdrop, walking through attractive fishing villages and ancient castles, coves, beaches and gentle cliffs. Cross the Franco-Spanish bor-der, climbing comfortably up through vineyards, feeling the Exile with the great panorama of the land, sea and sky. Indulge in the surreal art and the gastronomy.

Day 1: GIRONA - CADAQUÉS (5Km)

Cadaqués

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Hotel Sol Itxents

Meet up with your guide and fellow travellers at Girona Train Station. Transfer to Cap de Creus Natu-ral Park, the most easterly point in Spain and probably one of wildest spots on la Costa Brava that played as a backdrop to Salvador Dalí’s artistic mind. We will take a stroll to the rock that influenced his painting “The great masturbator” and stop for lunch at the Light house. From here we will be trans-fered to the painter’s house, in Port Lligat.
Free afternoon to relax and enjoy the enchanting village of Cadaques known as the pearl of the west-ern Mediterranean. Its history traces back to the Greco-Roman times, being also an important fishing settlement throughout the entire span of the Middle Ages.

Day 2: CADAQUÉS - PORT DE LA SELVA (12Km)

Port de la Selva

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Hotel Cap de Creus Spa

Short transfer to the trailhead in the Natural Park of Cap de Creus. Our hike today is through strikingly dramatic rocky landscape surrounded by surreal shapes, we meander through the Park to Port de la Selva, a quaint little village by the sea. We will follow part of the GR-11, marked with white and red stripes. This route is one of the long distance trails of Europe, in this case the long traverse that joins the Cantabric sea and the Mediterranean sea through the Pyrenees Mountain range. We dine at a local restaurant.

Day 3: PORT DE LA SELVA – COLERA (13Km)

Port de la Selva

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Hotel Cap de Creus Spa

Today our coastal path will take us from Port de la Selva to Colera discovering wild beaches and lush vegetation all together creating a breathtaking landscape.
After leaving Port de la Selva we follow the trail along the bay, coming across some viewpoints ideal for photostops such as the light house of s’Aranella built in 1910. From here our route turns into a more residential area with some ups and downs through coves and over headlands bringing us to the harbour of Llançà. Llançà is a small coastal village, which was frequently visited by pirates.Until after the civil war the fishermen of Llançà lived only in the original tenth-century settlement, built inland and used the port only for their work. Next landmark is the village of Colera, where the green colour from Albera mountain range leads into the Mediterranean Sea.

Day 4: COLERA – CERVERE (12 Km)

Colliure

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Hotel Colliure

From Colera to Portbou, we will walk our final stretch of the trail in the Spanish territory, where will start seeing vineyards, and breath taking views of Costa Brava and Pyrenees Mountians. These, will acompany us for the rest of the trek into France and all the way to Argeles. Once we leave Portbou, we will be crossing the border to France through the trail known as 'The Way To Exile', from the end of the Civil War ( 1939), when more than 350.000 people fled to France through the same trail over the mountains. We will find historical landmarks from this period but also from the WWII. The little charming coastal town of Cervere will welcome us into France. It's time to practice our french and have a taste of the local french wines!

Day 5: CERVERE - BANYULS (10Km)

Colliure

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Hotel Colliure

We start where we finished off the previous day in order to continue with this itinerary of the French Coastal Trail, as we leave Cervere behind we will enter the Natural Marine Reserve of Cervere- Banyuls, where coral reef is preserved and marine life protected, all the way to Banyuls. Outstanding landscape as we walk across the region, with vineyard terraces and amazing shaped rocks all along the trail, giving the name of Red Coast to this part of the French Mediterranean Litoral. As we arrive to our destination in Banyuls, a very quaint fisherman village, we will discover the historical winemaking traditions dating back from the Greco-Roman Times. We will have some free time to explore the town before taking the train back to Colliure for dinner and accommodation.

Day 6: BANYULS – PORT-VENDRES (13Km)

Colliure

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Hotel Colliure

Morning transfer sends us to Banyuls to start our walk, a highlight of the trek, as in the coastal trail today we will be walking into beautifull beaches an stricking wild cliffs, with the visit of really important heritage sites such as the harbour of Port Vendres and Paulilles Beach. Always with the Med Sea on our right, we will walk right into a former Dynamite Factory, closed in the 80's but reopened as an open air museum, also we will visit how they repair the local fishermen's boats and check out the watch towers of defense of WWI and WWII. We trek to Cape Bear with its slender lighthouse facing the Gulf of Leon giving us an incredible panorama to arrive to Port Vendres, important harbour, strategic enclave and home to world-famous artist like Charles MackIntosh, from Glasgow. Free time for lunch and transfer to Hotel.

Day 7: PORT-VENDRES – ARGELES (12Km)

Figueres

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Hotel Duran

Our last day in France begins in Port Vendres where we start our walk along the cape, come across several abandoned bunkers used by the German troops during WWII, and continue all the way through the coast until Colliure, the legendary enclave, with its royal castle, outstanding from the skyline of the beautifull coastal town, so popular with artist, bohemians, wine lovers and world travellers. From the cliffs of Colliure, our trek takes us through rolling hills and forests, down to the beach of Argeles, the final strech of the trail. Its hard to imagine that this tourist resort was once one of the most important concentration camps at the end of the Spanish Civil War. Today, a long sandy beach, palm trees and plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants to celebrate life and the successfull end of our coastal trek! After lunch, we will take our private bus to Figueres, check in Hotel and after some free time, we will meet again for a special Farewell Dinner.

Day 8: FIGUERES - DALÍ MUSEUM

After breakfast, we will visit Salvador Dali museum with a private guide and after 12pm, continue with your own travel arrangements.

8 Days Spain & France Hike (from cadaqués to argeles)

8 days

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